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Meaning of CONTAGION

Pronunciation:  kun'teyjun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people; "a contagion of mirth"; "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
  2. [n]  an incident is which an infectious disease is transmitted
  3. [n]  any disease easily transmitted by contact

CONTAGION is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: contagious disease, infection, infection, transmission
 See Also: communicable disease, communication, Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, diphtheria, flu, grippe, incident, influenza, measles, morbilli, pox, rubeola, scarlatina, scarlet fever, sexually transmitted disease, social disease, trench mouth, VD, venereal disease, Venus's curse, Vincent's angina, Vincent's infection



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*ta"gion\, n. [L. contagio: cf. F. contagion. See
1. (Med.) The transmission of a disease from one person to
   another, by direct or indirect contact.

Note: The term has been applied by some to the action of
      miasmata arising from dead animal or vegetable matter,
      bogs, fens, etc., but in this sense it is now
      abandoned. --Dunglison.

            And will he steal out of his wholesome bed To
            dare the vile contagion of the night? --Shak.

2. That which serves as a medium or agency to transmit
   disease; a virus produced by, or exhalation proceeding
   from, a diseased person, and capable of reproducing the

3. The act or means of communicating any influence to the
   mind or heart; as, the contagion of enthusiasm. ``The
   contagion of example.'' --Eikon Basilike.

         When lust . . . Lets in defilement to the inward
         parts, The soul grows clotted by contagion.

4. Venom; poison. [Obs.] ``I'll touch my point with this
   contagion.'' --Shak.

Syn: See {Infection}.